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It’s not the prettiest garden in Paris. There’s the Jardin de Luxembourg and Buttes-Chaumont for that.
But the Promenade Plantee provides something the others can’t: perspective. 
Converted from an old railway line, the urban park stands 10 m above street level in some parts, runnning the length of Daumesnil Avenue  in the 12th arrondissement.
And though I use it often as a running route, I only recently took an afternoon to wander leisurely through the High Line on a Sunday afternoon and take in the views from just a few stories higher than street level.
Take a walk with me and I’ll show you some of my favorite viewpoints from the tree and flower-lined viaduct…

It’s not the prettiest garden in Paris. There’s the Jardin de Luxembourg and Buttes-Chaumont for that.

But the Promenade Plantee provides something the others can’t: perspective. 

Converted from an old railway line, the urban park stands 10 m above street level in some parts, runnning the length of Daumesnil Avenue  in the 12th arrondissement.

And though I use it often as a running route, I only recently took an afternoon to wander leisurely through the High Line on a Sunday afternoon and take in the views from just a few stories higher than street level.

Take a walk with me and I’ll show you some of my favorite viewpoints from the tree and flower-lined viaduct…

Dead, straight on.
Particularly love this shot as there was no tiptoe required or no craning of neck needed.
Easy peasy.

Dead, straight on.

Particularly love this shot as there was no tiptoe required or no craning of neck needed.

Easy peasy.

When I say the viaduct provides visitors a new perspective, I mean it in a few ways.
For months I’ve been running along the High Line, charging through the walkway past all the flowers and plants which begged me to slow down, stop and smell the proverbial and literal roses.
It wasn’t until I took the time to amble slowly through that I realized that this particularly section of the viaduct was actually….

When I say the viaduct provides visitors a new perspective, I mean it in a few ways.

For months I’ve been running along the High Line, charging through the walkway past all the flowers and plants which begged me to slow down, stop and smell the proverbial and literal roses.

It wasn’t until I took the time to amble slowly through that I realized that this particularly section of the viaduct was actually….

…a mini bamboo forest.
What a pleasant and wonderful surprise.
Just goes to show the importance of slowing down, investigating things, and taking a closer look at the world. 

…a mini bamboo forest.

What a pleasant and wonderful surprise.

Just goes to show the importance of slowing down, investigating things, and taking a closer look at the world. 

There is a house, far from the madding tourist crowds, on the edge of the city where Paris skirts the border between the 19th arrondissement and the burbs, that will catch your attention.
What used to belong to the guardian of the canals has been transformed — both inside and out — into my one of my new favourite addresses in the city.
And at the risk of seeing my favorite new local become overrun by insufferably pretentious hipster foodie snobs, I’m posting photos because it’s just too wonderfully whimsical and lovely to keep all to myself.
Welcome to the Pavillon des Canaux, at 39 quai de la Loire.

There is a house, far from the madding tourist crowds, on the edge of the city where Paris skirts the border between the 19th arrondissement and the burbs, that will catch your attention.

What used to belong to the guardian of the canals has been transformed — both inside and out — into my one of my new favourite addresses in the city.

And at the risk of seeing my favorite new local become overrun by insufferably pretentious hipster foodie snobs, I’m posting photos because it’s just too wonderfully whimsical and lovely to keep all to myself.

Welcome to the Pavillon des Canaux, at 39 quai de la Loire.

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